Personalities and partners for HOME season
2 June 2019
Reporter: David Upton
Manchester’s HOME 2019/2020 theatre programme features artists including Bryony Kimmings, Emma Rice, Lemn Sissay and Jackie Kay and partnerships with the Royal Court, National Theatre Scotland, Forced Entertainment and 1927.
Opening the season is HOME’s co-production with National Theatre Scotland: Jackie Kay’s Red Dust Road (she spoke to the BTG podcast about this production in May). Jackie is the Scottish national poet, or Makar, Chancellor of the University of Salford and HOME patron, and her memoir has been adapted by Tanika Gupta.
The season also features the regional première of Debris Stevenson’s semi-autobiographical Poet in Da Corner, direct from the Royal Court, and the UK première of Forced Entertainment’s Out of Order.
Following a sold-out run of their inaugural production, Emma Rice’s Wise Children returns with new show Malory Towers and HOME Associate Artists 1927 also return to headline Christmas at HOME with new-show Roots.
More Christmas fun for families will be Little Angel’s adaptation of David Walliams’s The Slightly Annoying Elephant.
The line-up also features work from the Young Vic, Roundhouse, Breach Theatre, Bryony Kimmings, English Touring Theatre, Brief’s Factory, Little Angel and a special guest appearance from the safari rangers from Chester Zoo at a December Family Fun Day.
Two new productions building on HOME’s work to integrate captioning alongside bilingual English and BSL performers also feature. Both Ad Infinitum and Told by an Idiot make their debuts with HOME-commissioned Extraordinary Wall of Silence and The Strange Tale of Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel respectively.